Going Home: Join a Church
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
It is very important to be a part of a body of like-minded believers, starting while you are incarcerated and continuing after your release to “the free world”.
Make sure you are in a group that exalts Jesus Christ and honors the Holy Spirit.
Do not expect perfection. It has been said that the church is not a collection of saints but a hospital for sinners. Receive grace. Give grace.
Being with others who are diligently trying to walk with God is crucial. They can become like a new family for you. Learning to give and receive love is an important benefit. Banding together to achieve good work projects for the Kingdom is rewarding and fun.
Coming together regularly is refreshing, instructive and encouraging. It can be for you like a pleasant oasis in the middle of a long, dry journey through the desert.
Sitting under the regular teaching of an anointed shepherd of God should better equip you to represent Jesus every day as you go about your work and daily life. Small groups and Bible studies with your new family during the week are important too.
Ask your Father to give you discernment by His Spirit to select the group of believers that will help you best honor Him in your daily life.
Dive Deeper: Study Hebrews 10.